Parental Accountability in School Shootings?

The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE) has followed the regulatory implications of school shootings for years. In a nutshell our attention has been given to the corrective actions recommended or implemented after each tragedy. The common remedy is more regulation.

The question we raise is what alternatives are there to additional regulation, such as, holding parents accountable for the actions of their children?

ABC news initiated a discussion forum immediately after the  horrible event in Michigan. There were in excess of 2000     comments. The CRE post was ranked 1st for content which is available on You Tube. [ You  may have to scroll down a dozen links through videos to the CRE post.]

CRE has written previously on this topic.

You will note that the CRE post received only a handful of replies; no one including federal, state and local education   officials, the clergy or law enforcement officials wants to address parental accountability in these horrible events. If we understood the answer to the question  set forth in the title to this post  we might understand why these tragedies continue; after all, there is a helluva more parents than there are cops!

The December 4, 2021 Edition of the Washington Post in an article titled “Parents Charged in Mich. Shooting [ Karin Brulliard, Kim Bellware, Meryl Kornfield and John Woodrow Cox] states:

…if children as young as 6 did not have access to guns, well more half of the country’s school shootings since 1999 would never have happened, the Post found.

NBC news concludes:

Maybe heightened parental responsibility standards is a solution that both sides of the gun debate can get behind. We can provide schools with security plans and active shooter drills, but making more parents criminally responsible could be a powerful preventative fix.

 CRE’s repeated attempts to have the US Department of Education  call facts such as those set forth above to parents through the issuance of brochures resulted in a dismal failure.

It is fortunate that CRE has access to some of the best legal minds in the country. They advise that the initiation of the legal actions needed to implement the positions set forth herein regarding school shootings might be inconsistent with existing tort doctrine.

Consequently we believe that the actions outlined in the Common Law Initiative should be initiated at the earliest possible date. In a like manner a number of our readers suggest that common law standing doctrine interferes with taking timely action on climate change; still another reason for moving judiciously on the Common Law Initiative.

The bottom line is that our educational institutions  as well as law enforcement organizations, state and local governments and members of the general public are governed to a substantial degree by graduates of the Kumbaya School of Management, when one encounters a tough problem, everyone gets in a hot tub, holds hands and sings Kumbaya.

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